From an interview in Science Fiction Weekly ( :
What do you read now?

Vance: Murder mysteries. I read them through the cassettes I get from Sacramento. I order them and I have my special favorites that I like. My favorite is a lady called M.C. Beaton who writes about a Scottish village up in the northwest coast of Scotland and has just wonderful books. Her protagonist is Hamish Macbeth, the village constable. She's a marvelous writer. There's an element of humor in her writing.